Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs)
EICR Testing by TDJ Electrical.
What is an EIRC? An electrical installation condition report (EICR) is essentially a safety check of the wiring in an electrical installation. During an inspection, the electrical circuits are tested and an assessment is made stating whether or not the installation is safe for continued use.
EICRs used to be called a Periodic Inspection Reports and are often referred to by customers as a ‘Landlord Safety Test’ or a ‘Homebuyers Test’.
Does my property need an EICR?
Put simply, the answer is ‘yes’. The electrical regulations state that whether it’s your home, a property you rent out, or a larger commercial or industrial building, your electrical installation should always be covered by an in-date Electrical Installation Condition Report. The length of time a report is valid for depends on the type of installation it covers but can range from a few months up to 5 years+.
Although it’s not a legal requirement to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report, many legal documents refer to them as a way of satisfying their own requirements and they may be a condition of a valid insurance policy.
In March 2020, The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020 came into effect. These Electrical Safety Regulations require landlords to:
- Have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years
- Provide a copy of the Electrical Installation Condition Report to their tenants, and to the local authority if requested.
- If the EICR requires investigative or remedial works, landlords will have to carry this out.
These regulations will apply to all new tenancies on 1 July 2020, and to existing tenancies on 1 April 2021.
If you rent out a property and your tenant comes to harm due to unsafe electrics then you can be prosecuted. Claiming that you were unaware of the condition of the electrical installation is not a suitable defence and in many areas the local council will insist on a Condition Report for licencing rental properties.
What does an EICR involve?
When an EICR takes place, the consumer unit (or fuseboard), and the wiring and electrical accessories of the property, are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults or deviations from the current wiring regulations. During the inspection, the adequacy of the earthing and bonding, devices for protection against fire and electric shock and any damage or wear and tear that might affect the safety of the property or it’s inhabitants will be inspected and tested as well as the wiring itself. Many faults can’t be seen simply by looking and are only picked up during testing, which is why an EICR should only be carried out by a skilled and competent registered electrician with the experience to know what they are looking for.
Not all electricians are the same and EICRs require a high level of skill which can only be gained after considerable additional training and years of experience.
How much will an EICR cost?
As every property is different there is not standard price for an EICR, however at TDJ Electrical our prices start from just £120.00 for a one bedroom flat. The cost will increase with the size of the property and the number of circuits to reflect the extra work involved. For a specific quote to test your property get in touch today, but prices are typically based on a rate of £20.00 per circuit.
Are EICRs all the same?
In principle yes, all Electrical Installation Condition Reports will state the defects in a property and give an overall assessment. However, as the wiring regulations allow ‘sample testing’ some inspectors will check as little as 10% of the installation and give an assessment based on that. This can give a misleading view of an installation and is not recommended.
TDJ Electrical will test every single circuit and a minimum of 50% of the connections within each circuit, unless specifically agreed beforehand. This ensures that the report gives a realistic assessment of the installation and any potential dangers that may be present.
When comparing prices from different contractors it is important to bear in mind the amount of testing that they will do and not just look at the overall price.
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